Ah Dear Ones!
I have been pretty quiet since Christmas. I’ve not quite understood it, and still not quite sure the reason for it other than I know the Lord is calling me to Be Still and Know Him. He is calling me to a “Selah Moment” as a dear sister in Christ calls it. This is not easy for me. See, I am one who has it engraved on my heart that the best way to show my affection and devotion to the Lord is to serve. This is a tried and true belief and one that I will go into eternity with.. so why the pause?
Ever read the Psalms? Ever notice the word, Selah on the side of the page in the middle of a Psalm? The Word Selah means to take pause, to think about what was said..It is a musical term some believe, meaning it’s time to pause in the music or wording and start again. It also means to lift up one’s voice and hands in prayer.. a moment of reflection and pause.
Sometimes, we just need to stop all the ‘doing’ and just ‘be still and know.’ He wants to share His heart with His children. I am being drawn into the secret place and it’s time to lift my hands in worship, to Him alone and be alone in His presence. A place of rest and quiet.
Why is this so hard?
- Is your view of your relationship with Christ based solely on your to do list? OUCH, this can be true of me if I loose sight of my priorities.
- Is your view of yourself based on what you do? That is a trap from the pit… He doesn’t base His love for you with what is and what is not on your to do list…u
- Is doing Â things for others your love language? Â Be careful it is not how you judge your worth.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Mt 11:28-30).Â
The word rest in this passage comes from the Greek word anapauo which means to repose, to refresh, to take ease, to give and take rest.
Yet, in verse 29, the word for rest in the Greek, anapausis, means simply to imply recreation-rest, intermission. Â
What does that say to you? If your soul is tired, it’s time to learn from Him.. take time to dig deeper into His heart.. He is gentle and lowly in heart, He will not push you or drag you around. Picture a yoke, the heavy wooden apparatus around two oxen’s neck.. that is the yoke.. if we walk behind, we are being dragged along .. if we walk ahead, we are straining ourselves but if we walk side by side… there is not tugging or dragging. There is no rubbing again the grain but walking in harmony of perfect submission… Do not misunderstand, this is not a passage promising no trials or tribulations but it is a passage promising rest, promising His constant care. Time of being quiet and finding His heart.
So, I am being quiet. This is where I am right now. Come to Him, all who are weary.. do you need a break today?Why not rest?